Horizon Nuclear Power has appointed Menter Newydd - a specially created world-class joint venture - to help deliver the company’s nuclear project, Wylfa Newydd.
Menter Newydd is a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe Ltd, Bechtel Management Company Ltd and JGC Corporation (UK) Ltd, and will be responsible for the construction of Wylfa Newydd, overseen by Horizon Nuclear Power.
Combined, the Menter Newydd partners have been involved in the delivery of more than 170 nuclear power stations, as well as a huge array of complex infrastructure mega-projects.
Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe draws on Hitachi’s 50-year history of Boiling Water Reactor deployment, including four ABWRs - the technology that will be built at Wylfa Newydd. While last year, Bechtel completed construction of the first nuclear power station authorised to operate in the USA this century - at Watts Bar in Tennessee.
Hitachi’s Malcolm Twist, project director for Menter Newydd, said: “This is a very strong team. All the partners are proven at the highest level, and I’m delighted we’ve established the balance of expertise to safely deliver for Horizon, on-cost and on-schedule. We expect to begin firming up relationships with our main sub-contractors – many of them British – very soon.”
Anglesey Council Leader, Councillor Ieuan Williams, has warmly welcomed the appointment of a new joint venture to help deliver Wylfa Newydd.
He said “Menter Newydd boasts a wealth of experience and expertise in nuclear construction and other major infrastructure projects. The Isle of Anglesey County Council already has a well-established relationship with Horizon Nuclear Power and Hitachi-GE, and it is one we now intend to replicate with Menter Newydd.”
He added, “We will work with them, and Horizon Nuclear Power, to ensure the best possible outcomes for Anglesey and the wider region in terms of job-creation and supply-chain opportunities for local businesses.”
Anglesey’s head of regulatory and economic development service, Dylan J Williams, said, “There is great expectation amongst Anglesey residents and communities that Wylfa Newydd will bring significant local employment. It is an expectation that the county council shares and we hope to see a Menter Newydd presence on the Island soon.
“We also look forward to meeting representatives from all three companies which make up this new joint venture, and hearing more about their plans regarding sub-contractors. This will enable us to work with local partners to ensure local businesses can compete for the supply chain opportunities created by the Wylfa Newydd project.”